We answer your burning beauty questions…
Why am I going grey at such an early age?
Dr Lushen Pillay, dermatologist at Dermology, says: ‘Our hair follicles contain a pigment called melanin. When the body stops producing the pigments, hair starts becoming colourless, turning white. It is the combination of black and white hair that gives the look of grey colour to a person’s hair. Lack of nourishment and nutrition are the foremost reasons for premature greying of hair. Premature greying is caused by heredity factors, use of electric dryers, use of concentrated hair dyes, lack of vitamin B complex, nutritional deficiencies, anaemia, hormonal imbalances, stress and anxiety, thyroid disease, and folic acid deficiency.’
What’s the safest way to remove hair around delicate areas?
Adrienne Cohen, professional make-up artist and founder of Fino Cosmetics, says: ‘It’s safe to shave or wax the bikini line. If you choose to wax make sure to go to a professional salon. If shaving, it’s best to use a good razor that doesn’t have too many blades. There are razors specifically designed for shaving the bikini area – they have a protective guard over the blades. If you shave, try to move over the same area once in the direction of the hair growth without applying too much pressure. If you have to go over the area more than twice, make sure that the pressure is lighter than the first time. Apply Fino Soothe Woman after shaving or waxing – this helps to protect against ingrown hair and redness. No point in being hair free but still unable to wear your bikini due to dark ugly marks and scars.’
Your Family recommends: Fino Soothe Woman, and Mandy’s Ingrown Hair Serum to prevent ingrown hairs.
How can I soften the skin on my heels?
Dr Lushen Pillay, dermatologist at Dermology, says: ‘Urea-based products are best to help soften thickened or hyperkeratotic heels. You do need concentrations in excess of 20%. It certain situations a condition called keratoderma can cause thickening of the hands or feet. This needs to be looked at by a dermatologist for underlying causes.’
I have embarrassing warts on my hands. How do I get rid of them?
Our beauty ed says: ‘Try Kroko Wart Fix, which forms a waterproof covering over the wart. Soak the area in hot water for 5 minutes, towel dry and rub with a pumice stone or emery board. Apply Kroko Wart Fix to the wart using the applicator (avoiding the surrounding skin). Allow to dry. Cover with a plaster if necessary. Reapply once or twice a day until the wart has cleared.
How do I get rid of blackheads and whiteheads on my nose?
Rinelle Ludorf, national training manager for Cosmetiques de France Skincare brands, says: ‘Exfoliate (remember to be gentle) once a week. Use Bioderma Sebium Global on affected areas such as your nose and/or T-panel. Sebium Global works as it limits excessive sebum production, it has anti-bacterial properties and keeps a healthy flow of sebum.’
Your Family recommends: Bioderma Sebium Global or Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Wash/Mask.